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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ versus Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) .

Published on March 12, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both sunscreens. They have a total of 12 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain exfoliants, hyaluronic acid and SPF

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin and sensitive skin

Free From

They both do not contain any common allergens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain harsh alcohols, fragrances and silicones

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Sunscreen Japanese Brand Japan
Sunscreen Japanese Brand Japan

Sunscreen

Sunscreens help absorb or reflect UV radiation and protect skin against skin damage. Sunscreens may come in the form of lotion, gel, foam, spray, or solid-stick.

Sunscreen

Sunscreens help absorb or reflect UV radiation and protect skin against skin damage. Sunscreens may come in the form of lotion, gel, foam, spray, or solid-stick.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
spf rating
50
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
spf rating
50

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Chemical UV Filter (3)
Exfoliators
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation (2)
Anti-Aging

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin
Irritating (2)
Rosacea (2)
Eczema (3)

Notable Ingredients

Chemical UV Filter (5)
Mineral UV Filter (2)
Vitamin E
Exfoliators (3)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Redness Reducing
Reduces Irritation
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (3)
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting (2)
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin (3)
Acne Trigger (2)
Irritating (3)
Rosacea (4)
Eczema (4)
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Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

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Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 1.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: UV Absorber, UV Filter
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is an organic compound that provides UVB protection. It often goes by the more common name of octinoxate. It is created from methoxycinnamic acid and 2-ethylhexanol.

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate absorbs UVB rays with wavelengths between 280-320 nm. UV absorbers protect your skin by using chemical reactions to convert UV rays into heat and energy.

UVB (290-320 nm) rays emit more energy than UVA rays. They are capable of damaging DNA, causing sunburns and are thought to be linked to skin cancer.

The state of Hawaii has banned sunscreens containing octinoxate due to its potential impact on coral reefs. More research is needed to bridge gaps in this research. The European Union allows higher levels of octinoxate in sunscreens than the US and Australia.

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is oil soluble. It is not stable and may lose efficacy when exposed to sunlight.

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Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 3.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 4.

3
What it does: Emollient, Solvent
Community Rating: Disliked

Isododecane is a fragrance, emollient, and solvent.

As an emollient, it helps your skin stay soft and hydrated. Emollients help trap moisture into your skin.

Isododecane's role as a solvent makes it a great texture enhancer. It spreads smoothly on skin and does not leave a sticky feeling behind. Isododecane also helps prevent color transfer in makeup products.

Isododecane is not absorbed into skin.

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Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 4.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 10.

4
What it does: UV Filter
Community Rating: Disliked

We don't have a description for Polysilicone-15.

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 5.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 22.

5
What it does: Abrasive, Absorbent
Community Rating: Disliked

Silica is a mineral naturally found in our skin. It helps to thicken and smooth the texture of a product. It also acts as an agent for other ingredients by increasing the absorption of other ingredients into the skin.

Silica is often used for absorption and can help reduce shine when products are applied. Silica occurs in naturally in materials like clay and sandstone, and it can also be produced synthetically.

Silica is present naturally within the skin during collagen production and when reducing inflammation.

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Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 6.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 21.

6
What it does: UV Filter
Community Rating: Liked

Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (DHHB) is a chemical UVA absorber. It is formulated for high UVA protection (320-400 nm) and photostability.

DHHB has been approved by the EU, Japan, Taiwan, and South America for use up to 10%.

UV absorbers are an agent that absorbs UV rays. They protect your skin by using chemical reactions to convert UV rays into heat and energy.

UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation from the sun. Other sources include tanning beds and welding torches. Radiation is the emission of energy. UV Rays are divided into 3 groups. UVA (320-400 nm) contains the least amount of energy. They are linked to long term skin damage such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. UVB (290-320 nm) rays emit more energy than UVA rays. They are capable of damaging DNA in skin cells. UVB causes sunburns and are thought to be linked to skin cancer. UVC (200-280 nm) contains the highest amount of energy. Our ozone blocks UVC. UVC can also originate from welding torches, mercury lamps, and sanitizing bulbs.

Learn more about Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 7.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 15.

7
What it does: Skin Conditioning, UV Absorber, UV Filter
Community Rating: Liked

You might know this ingredient as Tinosorb S or Bemotrizinol. It is a UV filter that covers both UVA and UVB rays.

Bemotrizinol has two peak UV absorption peaks ( 310 and 340 nm) and is able to absorb both UV-A and UV-B rays. Skin exposed to UV causes free-radical molecules to form. This ingredient works by preventing the UV from reaching your skin.

It is highly photostable and helps prevent the photodegration of other sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone.

Bemotrizinol is not approved in the US but is allowed in the EU, Australia, and Asia.

In fact, it is the most effective UV absorber at maximum concentration (measured by SPF) permitted by in the EU.

It is oil-soluble.

Learn more about Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 8.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 24.

8
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

Like hyaluronic acid, it is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. This makes it a great skin hydrating ingredient.

Sodium Hyaluronate is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

Learn more about Sodium Hyaluronate

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 17.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 30.

9
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Soluble Collagen can help to reduce the effects of aging.

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 22.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 31.

10
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 23.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 43.

11
What it does: Antioxidant, Masking
Community Rating: Liked

This BHA stands for butylated hydroxyanisole. If you are looking for the beta-hydroxy acid, aka as Salicylic Acid, click here.

In cosmetics, butylated hydroxyanisole is used as a perservative. It also has antioxidant properties. The concentrations usually used in skincare are low and do not penetrate through skin.

However, it is considered a carcinogen when ingested.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole is a synthetic and waxy petrochemical. It is used as a preservative in foods and cosmetics.

Learn more about BHA

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 24.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 40.

12
What it does: Preservative
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 37.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) contains this as ingredient number 48.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

24% are loved or liked
5% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
29% have no rating yet
20% are loved or liked
6% have mixed ratings
47% are disliked or very disliked
27% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Kosé Suncut Perfect UV Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ 38 ingredients

2.0 /5
from 1 rating
Drying (1) Great Value (1) No Scent (1)
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acelexa

4 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

Gel SPF that does not spread very well, so you have to put more to feel like you covered the skin you wanted to cover. It is cheap though

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020) 49 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 2 ratings
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Gia_G

1 year ago · Combination Skin
Review

Great spf
Great sunblock and the texture feels amazing. The only wee problem I had is that it stings my eyes

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Pamplemousse

3 years ago · Dry Skin
Review

The least greasy sunscreen I've ever used
I've never had a sunscreen that feels like this. It feels matte and isn't greasy at all. Great sunscreen!

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